When does Dan Walker leave BBC Breakfast and who is replacing him?

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  • In a shock to BBC Breakfast fans, veteran presenter Dan Walker has announced he’ll be leaving the morning show after six years.

    He’s the perky presenter we’re used to waking up to on our screens in the mornings. But sadly news presenter Dan Walker has quit BBC Breakfast and is now headed for pastures new – taking his charm to a different broadcasting channel completely.

    The Strictly Come Dancing 2021 contestant is expected to leave and take his place in his new role “in a couple of weeks time”. Giving viewers a few more red sofa appearances to look forward to before his departure. It’s thought that Dan Walker’s wife and kids may be a factor behind the job change – though the dad-of-three has not confirmed as such yet.

    When does Dan Walker leave BBC Breakfast?

    Dan Walker has shared that he will leave BBC Breakfast on May 17th and this date will be his last episode but because Dan only works Monday to Wednesday, it means he has just six shows left. Ahead of the announcement, Sally warned viewers, “brace yourself” as Dan got ready to share his announcement. He said, “You know you keep asking me when I’m going? Well, I can tell you now, officially.” The pair laughed as Dan looked at his watch and joked, “I’m leaving in five minutes. You can do the rest yourself, can’t you?”

    He confirmed: “May 17 is my last day, so two weeks today.”

    Sally let out a short gasp and replied: “Ooh, that’s not many shifts left, is it?”

    As I have explained to you, it was a big decision and quite a sad one,” Dan told Sally.

    Sally assured her co-presenter she was okay with the decision, although she couldn’t help making a sly look to the side.

    Dan looked at the camera and continued: “The other thing to say is thank you to everybody who sent so many lovely messages.

    He previously kept fans in the dark about his final day, having told viewers “In a couple of weeks time, I don’t exactly know when, I’ll be leaving this programme which I’ve loved working on,” he said live on the Breakfast sofa.

    Having been at Breakfast for 6 years, Dan has made some firm friends whilst presenting the show. And he shared that he would miss his colleagues – including current sofa mate Sally Nugent.

    “It’s always been a real privilege working with you,” he told his co-host. “Both when you were working there in sport and sat here now.

    “It’s been a long time hasn’t it,” replied Sally. To which Dan added: “Well, we’ve known each other for 20 odd years. I’ll miss you very much”

    The presenter also praised the “team here at Breakfast” who he deemed “fantastic as well”.

    Where is Dan Walker going?

    Presenter Dan Walker is leaving the BBC Breakfast show for rival broadcaster Channel 5, where he will join the news team in presenting the 5 o’clock programme every day. He’ll take over as lead anchor from Sian Williams – a former BBC Breakfast colleague – who announced she was stepping down in early March 2022.

    “I’m going to go and do the news on Channel 5,” he told BBC Breakfast viewers. “But also make loads of new really exciting programmes. It’s a fantastic opportunity and new challenges in life are always good. And if you can grab them and do them to the best of your ability, you see what happens next don’t you.”

    Many of his Breakfast colleagues were quick to congratulate and commiserate his new appointment. The programme’s weather reporter Carol Kirkwood wrote “Daaaaannnn…. Congratulations! Wishing you every success… but we will miss you xx”.

    Ex-Strictly star Oti Mabuse was another to wish the former contestant well. “Omgggggg @mrdanwalker wow 🤩 congratulations on your new adventure,” she tweeted.

    Why is Dan Walker leaving BBC Breakfast?

    The 45-year-old presenter has not revealed his reasons for leaving. But he has said that the move to Channel 5 promised “big ambitions, with big plans” – making it an offer he couldn’t refuse.

    Following his announcement, fans flooded his Twitter with messages of congratulations. Though some reacting to the news on Twitter have speculated that the decision might have been based on a higher salary. And additionally an easier work/life balance – an afternoon start rather than his current wake up call of 4am. Which in turn could mean more time with his family.

    “Love everyone with the snarky comments about him doing it for the money,” wrote one Twitter user. “Like y’all wouldn’t happily skip off to a new job who were offering more dosh and with better hours!”

    Ex-colleague Louise Minchin who left Breakfast in September 2021 – shared her public congratulations. And added that he “won’t miss the early alarm calls”. To which Dan retweeted and replied “Ah… the magical world of lie-ins”. This somewhat suggests he’ll be enjoying the extra time in bed in the mornings.

    Speaking on BBC Breakfast of the news the day after his announcement, he shared that it had been “a massive decision for me because I love BBC Breakfast“.

    “I love working alongside Sally and I love the team there,” he added. “But Channel 5 came with big ambitions, with big plans. And I don’t think opportunities like this come around very often. And I can’t wait.”

    Dan further thanked viewers for the “very nice, kind messages,” he had received since the announcement broke.

    Who is replacing Dan Walker on BBC Breakfast?

    The BBC have not confirmed who is replacing Dan Walker on BBC Breakfast when he leaves for Channel 5. However we have a feeling that fellow BBC Breakfast presenter Jon Kay could be a candidate for the role. He joined the team in 2010 and currently steps in as cover when Dan or Charlie Stayt are away.

    Jon seemingly made light of the fact he could replace Dan on Twitter. “That’s my job application completed, then..,” he wrote, tagging Dan Walker. He shared a clip from a recent news segment that likened him to TV character Alan Partridge, created by Steve Coogan.

    One replied: “Hope you do apply Jon, we both enjoy your excellent delivery of the news. You get our vote.”

    Most recently Jon filled in for Dan in early March when he was missing from the sofa. And viewers were again quick to share their praise of Jon online then.

    “Jon Kay is a great presenter,” wrote one Twitter user. Whilst another tweeted “brilliant work from Jon Kay” – following his interview with Transport Secretary Grant Schapps.

    Even if Jon does not get the full-time gig it’s likely he’ll be acting as Dan’s temporary replacement whilst his role is filled. On his BBC bio page it reads: “Jon covers for Dan and Charlie when they need a lie-in. He welcomes the chance to sit down on the Breakfast sofa because he spends most of his time standing-up – as a roving reporter for BBC News.”

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